From the Ranch House

Summer Pool Opening Information
  • Saturday, May 27Monday, May 29.
    Pool is open and fully staffed! Slide, snack bar, and lifeguards from 12 p.m. 7 p.m. daily

  • Tuesday, May 30Friday, June 2.
    No staff – they’re still in school. No slide, hot food, or lifeguards on these days. The pool is still open, swim at your own risk.

  • Saturday, June 3remainder of the season **
    Slide, snack bar, and lifeguards 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. daily
    **Permitting weather and staffing allowances.

Crystal River Restoration Project Q & A Session
The Ranch House will host an informational session with Eric Brendlinger from the Town of Carbondale and Redoubt Restoration regarding the Crystal River Restoration Project on Tuesday, May 23 at 3:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!

Riverfront Park Restoration

Featured Photo
This week's featured photo comes to us from RVR resident, Patti Crockett. Two Orioles are seen enjoying Patti's hummingbird feeder (with built in perches). Orioles enjoy the same sugar water that humming birds do. They can't hover like humming birds, so they need a place to land and drink. Bird seed in feeders are not an ideal option in our area, these can attarct rodents, predatory birds and even bears.
Please Keep Pups Leashed
Concerns have recently come up regarding unleashed dogs resulting in a pet altercation in the neighborhood.
If you ever find yourself in a position where your dog becomes aggressive or you are involved in a  bitting situation, please be sure to exchange information and report it to the Carbondale Police Department. Many of these situations can be avoided by ensuring your pet is leashed while you are out and about in the neighborhood.
Green Tip 
Please enjoy the following eco-friendly tidbit brought to you by Friends of the Environment: 
Grocery shopping can be challenging as it seems that single use plastic is everywhere. But there are a few things you can do to help. In the produce department, skip the plastic bags. Bring your own mesh bags or go without bags, since you are going to wash your fruits and veggies anyway. Buy loose produce like carrots, potatoes, and onions rather than the pre-bagged ones. Choose cardboard egg cartons which can be recycled or composted, rather than styrofoam ones. And wean yourself off plastic wrap. If something really needs to be wrapped, opt for aluminum foil, which can be recycled if it's clean. We can all make a difference so consider making a few small changes in how you shop.
Carbondale Community School Triathlon
The Ranch House is teaming up with the Carbondale Community School to host the swimming portion of their end-of-school year triathlon! Come cheer on local 5th-8th graders swimming laps on Tuesday, May 23 starting at 1 p.m., for around two hours. Parking should not be affected. 
RVR Hiking Group
This is a new hiking group for the RVR community.  We’ll plan to hike every Monday, unless weather doesn’t cooperate! The first few hikes will be on the easy side, as we strengthen our bodies and minds.
Suggested items to bring include sunscreen, a hat, hiking poles, water, snacks and/or whatever will make your hike more enjoyable.
Monday, May 22, 2023 - Sutey Ranch Hike
Please meet at the trailhead by 9 a.m. There is ample parking and a restroom is available. The trailhead is about a 15-minute drive from RVR: Directions to Sutey Ranch Trailhead

Future Hikes:
*Look for more details in upcoming mailings. For more information please contact Sarah Murr:


ALC Foundation Presents Dark Sky Orcestra
RVR Golf together with the ALC Foundation present the Third Annual ALC Foundation Benfit Concert at the RVR driving range on Saturday, July 15 at 6 p.m. Featuring the Band Dark Sky Orcestr
Proceeds from the concert benefit kids and their families fighting pediatric cancer.
Dark Sky Orcestra Tickets

Reminders & Highlights

No Outside Alcohol Permitted
As a kind reminder, alcohol purchased outside the Ranch House and consumed here is strictly prohibited! The Ranch House faces the risk of losing its liquor license when this rule is not followed.
So whether you are enjoying a hot tub soak or participating in a tennis match on one of our clay courts, we invite you to try one of the many delicious adult beverages we have for sale.

Bears Wake From a Long Winter’s Nap
As we transition into warmer weather, we would like to remind everyone that bears are coming out of hibernation and they are hungry! Bears can be attracted to our area by trash being left out overnight, bird feeders, pet food, barbeque grills and compost.  Please do your part to keep the bears safe and out of the neighborhood.
Irrigation and Landscaping
The RVR irrigation system is currently up and running! You may now turn on your curb valve. Please note, we may experience occasional outages in the main line while our crew attends to leaks in the system. 
For up to date information and timelines for everything from weed mitigation/spraying to mowing schedules, please visit our updated landscaping page.
Feel free to reach out to Travis with any questions at
2023 Weed Spraying Schedule | First spray will be May 22
Youth Gym & Safety Course
At the April 26 board meeting, the board approved a change to the RVRMA Rules & Regulations regarding the minimum age requirements for fitness facility users. Previously, the rule stated users under 15 years old were not permitted on the second-floor fitness facility. The board approved the following change:
Children under the age of fifteen (15) are not permitted in the second floor Fitness Center of the Ranch House unless:
  1. The child is at least the age of eleven (11) and is exercising under the supervision of their parent. The parent must remain with the child in the gym.

  2. The child is at least the age of eleven (11) and is exercising under the supervision of an RVR approved personal trainer and has permission from their parents and RVR management.

  3. The child is at least the age of thirteen (13) and has completed a course with an RVR approved fitness instructor for gym etiquette and safety, and parents of the child have completed an additional waiver for their child to use the gym without their supervision.

    Do you have a 13- or 14-year-old teen who would like to use the gym without a parent?  Click here to learn more about the process.
Kids' Summer Tennis Camp| Registration Open!
12:30-4:30 p.m.
Ages 10-14
June 19 to June 23
July 10 to July 14
July 31 to Aug 4
Ages 5 to 9
June 26 to June 30
July 17 to July 21
Aug. 7 to Aug. 11 (waitlist only)

Tennis Camp Registration Form
Tennis Camp Waiver


Ageless Athlete with John Norton
Many of you remember John Norton and have asked about him returning to RVR to teach “Ageless Fitness.” He is no longer able to drive to Carbondale on a regular basis, however, he would like to extend the opportunity for RVR members to join his Zoom classes. His class is now called “Ageless Athlete.” This is a donation-based class, donations going straight to John.
If you’re a first timer to his zoom class, please attend his orientation video before coming to your first class:
Any and all questions are welcome! Please email John:
Save the Date! In-person at the Ranch House Breathwork with John on Thursday, June 22 from 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Fitness Schedule

Community Announcements

Interested in more information for No Mow May? Follow the link below for an article from CSU Extension Horticulture Agents and Specialists.
Evergreen Zero Waste partners with Town of Carbondale for Yard Waste drop off beginning Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the 4th and Colorado parking lot.

Nature Journaling with Words and Drawings on Friday, May 19 from 1- 2:30 p.m. at the Carbondale Library
Free guided, Bilingual Birdwatching at Sutey Ranch on Saturday, May 20 from 7 to 11 a.m.
Runoff Party: Get River Ready with RFC! on Saturday, May 20 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

The Annual Plant Sale at Colorado Rocky Mountain School on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Click here to learn more.
Cool Cars and Coffee at RVR Golf Course on Sunday, May 21 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Cool Cars and Coffee
Friends and Family CPR hosted by the Carbondale Fire Department.
Register May 20 at 10 a.m.

Register May 24 at 6 p.m.

Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Series every Thursday from June 1 through late August.
Garden Boot Camp for Kids in the Garden of yum at Carbondale Coommunity School
Click here for more information.
Save the Date for the Old Thompson Barn Summer Market on Sunday, June 11 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Click here to learn more.
2023 GSAR Golf Tourney at RVR Golf Course on Friday, June 23. 9 a.m. shotgun.
Click here to learn more.
Dark Star Orcestra at Golf at River Valley Ranch Driving Range on Saturday, July 15 at 6 p.m.

Along with offering her usual summer mermaid camps for kids, Pam Porter of The Creative Flow Studio is now also offering 1-Day Mermaid Retreats for women.
Go to Pam’s website to learn more:

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